Towards regionally relevant biodiversity, poverty and climate change policy: a report on the Los Banos workshop.

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Miller, Craig; Alexander, Kim; Jovanovic, Tom




The vulnerability of the people and biodiversity of South East Asia to climate change is exacerbated by poverty, poor land management, and inadequate governance. The causes of and solutions to these issues are complex and interrelated, and require new ways of thinking and acting if they are to be addressed. What is abundantly clear is that one size fits all solutions are inappropriate in a region with such cultural and environmental diversity. A simple GIS-based classification process to explicitly and spatially define social-ecological differences between regions (at any scale) was presented to a workshop of participants from Australia, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, held at Los Banos (Philippines). The premise of the workshop was that such a systematic classification process is a necessary first step before making assessments of vulnerability to climate change and/or developing tailored policy options. Participants engaged in a process of collaborative learning, sharing knowledge and information about the environmental and social issues of their respective countries, and discussing a range of issues including the challenges posed by climate change. Participants engaged in several facilitated exercises and contributed to focus group meetings to identify the regions or sub-regions that they would be focussing on in the workshop. Participants then developed a descriptive narrative for selected regions, with local knowledge and/or data on the internet to further inform the establishment of the classification system. The overarching purpose was for participants to consider the effects of climate change and how communities, industries and governments might respond to identified issues. Participants were also prompted to identify the threats to preferred conservation outcomes and opportunities that might be used to improve conservation outcomes. All workshop participants agreed that a systematic process was necessary to identify human and biodiversity vulnerability to climate change and develop adaptation or other policy options. The participants also agreed to test the process within their home countries, and have established a project wiki on the internet to facilitate information sharing and maintain the network established at the workshop.



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Miller, Craig; Alexander, Kim; Jovanovic, Tom. Towards regionally relevant biodiversity, poverty and climate change policy: a report on the Los Banos workshop.. Australia: CSIRO; 2009. csiro:EP092096.

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